- 23:42, 14 Jun 2022
- Updated: 23:42, 14 Jun 2022
UKRAINE’S top brass have paid a moving tribute to British war hero Jordan Gatley after he was killed fighting Russian troops.
He had been part of a heroic force engaged in street-by-street combat to defend the city, just 50 miles from the Russian border and described by President Zelensky as crucial for the future of eastern Ukraine.
Jordan left the 3rd Battalion the Rifles in March and joined the Foreign Legion within weeks of it being set, one of thousands of recruits from more than 50 countries who flocked to Ukraine to help defeat Putin.
His devastated family, of Sandbach, Cheshire, were told of his death last week.
The Legion yesterday paid its own tribute to the heroic warrior.
Spokesman Corporal Damien Magrou said: “Jordan made the ultimate sacrifice defending Ukraine, her sovereignty and freedom. Jordan will forever be a hero of Ukraine and the Legion. We thank Jordan for his service and selfless sacrifice.”
Jordan’s dad Dean said his son left the British Army “to continue his career as a soldier in other areas”.
Dean added: “The war against Europe had begun so, after careful consideration, he went to the Ukraine to help. He made a massive difference to many people’s lives. He truly was a hero.”
The Foreign Office said it was “supporting the family of a British man who died in Ukraine”.
Jordan is the second British veteran known to have died in Ukraine.
Commando and dad-of-two Scott Sibley, 36, was killed defending the city of Mykolaiv in April.